It’s hard to imagine Peter Parker uttering the famous phrase “Yippee ki-yay, Mother F—er,” but fans will get close as Marvel will soon present an adventure they’re promising is like Spider-Man meets Die Hard in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man. At the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends panel at New York Comic Con, it was announced that writer Chip Zdarsky (co-creator of Image’s Sex Criminals) and artist Adam Kubert will present a new story arc entitled “Most Wanted” where, as Zdarsky puts it, “Peter does Die Hard, but instead of Nakatomi Tower it’s his own apartment building.” Zdarsky goes on to tease that “Peter has to get out before SHIELD pulls him for questioning without revealing his powers. It’s super crazy.”
Zdarsky’s Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man book has focused on the humorous side of the Wall Crawler in the opening issues, but Zdarsky warns that “we’ve had some laughs and chuckles but that’s soon to change.” Zdarsky acknowledged the tonal shift of the series by saying, “Between issue six where Spider-Man has an intense dinner with Jonah, and between issue seven, things get dramatically serious.”
Zdarsky and Spider-Man group editor Nick Lowe also teased future issues of “Most Wanted” that will also guest star Black Panther, “Will he be friend or foe?” Zdarsky asked of T’Challa. “Probably friend.”
It all starts in November with the Marvel Legacy renumbered Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #297. If you haven’t been reading Spectacular, you’re missing some refreshingly old school Spidey stories with a modern twist by Zdarsky, one of comics’ most innovative and humorous writers.
Will “Most Wanted” end with Spidey writing “Now I have web shooters, ho-ho-ho!” in a bad guy’s blood? Only time will tell. Probably not though.
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